Cuneiform Press

Cuneiform Press


Poets Kyle Harvey and Jeff Alessandrelli discuss their work, their community, integrity of self, and the challenges of being a creator in this world.
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Cuneiform Press is a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Austin, Texas.

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A Poetics of the Press: An Interview with Ugly Duckling Presse 05/05/2021

A Poetics of the Press: An Interview with Ugly Duckling Presse

Here’s an excerpt of my new book of interviews with poets, printers, and publishers entitled A Poetics of the Press. This interview is with Anna Moschovakis and Matvei Yankelevich of Ugly Duckling Presse from back in 2008 in Brooklyn.

A Poetics of the Press: An Interview with Ugly Duckling Presse Ugly Duckling Presse is the publisher of the book you are holding, and hundreds of others. No two books are designed alike (aside from those that are part of a series), form following content, as w… 10/03/2020

Poetry Publisher with Online Bookstore | Chax Press Poetry Bookshop & Publisher, Literary Arts Educator, Fine Press, & Publishing Consultants, Chax Press has been expanding the art of the book for over 35 years. Check out our website at 09/21/2020

AN EVENING OF POETRY WITH BERNADETTE MAYER & FRIENDS - Cuneiform You are cordially invited to Generocity A virtual night of poetry featuring Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good Saturday, September 26th 7pm EST With micro readings by: Ivanna Baranova (Los Angeles); Bradley King (Austin); Zoe Darsee (Berlin); Mauricio Marcín (Mexico City); Zan De Parry (Philadelphia)...


Ugly Duckling Presse

We just got some new books from the printer including Bobbie Louise Hawkins' One Small Saga, an autobiographical novel set in the late 1940s that follows a young Albuquerque bride as she travels with her husband back to his family home in Denmark, then on to London and the British colonies of Jamaica and British Honduras. The narrator endures the company of both pathetic and incorrigible characters while struggling to reconcile her idealization of The Modern Marriage with the painful reality of life with a philandering husband.

Find it on our website here: 02/14/2020

Beyond the Bio: Jamaica Cole - Art Alliance Austin

Hope to see you all at Jamaica's installation in conjunction with her book, The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue (Cuneiform, 2019) at Fancy Fancy Gallery February 21st-23rd in Austin, TX. If you can't make it to the gallery, order a copy here: Jamaica Cole Primary Medium: Installation, with a focus on soft sculpture. (Also, I’m an author) I published my first book last year, a short work of literary nonfiction about the disappearance and death of my younger brother in 2014, and my subsequent move to Austin. The book is not a traditional...


Cuneiform Press is offering 20% off preorders for Jim Dine & John Godfrey's new books of poems! Order now @ (offer expires 04.01.20)


The New Year is off to a great start at Cuneiform Press. In 2020, we will publish Lisa Rogal's La Belle Indifference, Jim Dine's A Song at Twilight, John Godfrey's A Torch for Orphans, Larry Fagin's Peaches & Gravy, Stephen Ratcliffe's Rocks, Kyle Harvey's Cosmographies, and a yet-to-be-titled masterpiece by Sunnylyn Ballard Thibodeaux. And with the assistance of master-printer Siddhārtha Koch, we will produce a slew of new ephemera. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome poet Cindy St John to the board of directors. Thanks Cindy! We need your support to make all of this possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today at: Thank you for two-decades of poetry, artists' books, and letterpress adventures!


Jamaica Cole is coming to Tucson to read from her new book, The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue! Special thanks to Charles Alexander for making this happen. If you can't make it, you can order a copy at

Just completed Chax broadside for POG reading this coming Tuesday, 7pm, at Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. 6th St., by Jamaica Cole & Karen Brennan! 06/06/2019

A grief remembered - Arts & Culture - Arts&Culture - June 6, 2019

Jamaica is coming to California! Jamaica Cole’s memoir explores memory, loss and the death of her brother, musician Broughty Cole. 05/25/2019

The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue - Book Trailer

Check out Jamaica Cole's trailer for her new book from Cuneiform, The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue! Jamaica Cole Cuneiform Press, 2019 Animation by Jamaica Cole Music by Shawn Jones


Cuneiform Press is pleased to announce Jamaica Cole’s The Endlessly Forking Snake Tongue, due out on May 1st. To celebrate, a limited number of signed copies will be available direct from the press during the month of April.
Copies are available at
Thanks y'all!


Cuneiform Press is pleased to announce the publication of uh by Ernie Stomach. Uh was first published in 1971 by Genesis : Grasp Press in New York. Stomach’s aim was a version of the Roman alphabet in which the glyphs correspond in their differentiations to lower-case block-lettered forms, but stripped to the naked elliptical minimum so that they would be not only sexy, but hard to distinguish from each other (facilitating misreadings and forcing the reader to pay attention). The letterform contents of that book were created crudely by the author using X-Acto knifed mylar templates and a felt-tip pen. Now, with the advent of font software, Stomach has been able to recreate the book as he would have done it at the time were such technology available. This book’s design differs from the original edition only in the improved technology and materials used.

Ernie Stomach is a heteronym of Richard Meyers (Richard Hell / Theresa Stern). In 1970, young poet Richard Meyers, who was also an editor of Genesis : Grasp magazine and press, imagined he might spend the rest of his life making works in the personae of several different artists he conceived. Ernie Stomach was the first, then Theresa Stern (most of whose poems were collaborations with Tom Verlaine of the band Television), and then Richard Hell (best known as a progenitor of “punk”). By 1974, he’d settled into a career as Richard Hell and little by the other authors has been published since.

Order a copy here: 04/13/2018


Michael Friedman on Poetry at Please Kill Me: In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Michael Friedman highlights ten ‘under-the-radar’ poetry classics, which break all the rules of verse (and that is a good thing)


Heartfelt thanks to Mary Ann Caws for her wonderful review of The Collages of Helen Adam (Further Other Bookworks & Cuneiform Press, 2017) edited by Alison Fraser in this month's issue of The Brooklyn Rail:

&&& please join my co-publishers and the editor for a book launch at Tibor de Nagy on April 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm featuring a special exhibition of Jess' work from the early 50s through the early 90s.


Alison Fraser's essay on Helen Adam's Collages, recently published by Cuneiform Press and Further Other Book Work, is live on the Poetry Society of America website:…/crossroa…/tributes/helenadam/ Order a copy here:


Political Public Poster Pedagogy comes to Ringling College with Peace Paper Projects! Details at:


Cuneiform Press and Further Other Book Works are pleased to announce The Collages of Helen Adam. There's a nice review at The Poetry Foundation by Alison Fraser:

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A People's Curriculum for the United States at Wesleyan University! Interested in hosting a workshop? Send us a query for details.


Cuneiform Editor Brad King doing some old school editing of Philip Trussell's Sentences, forthcoming Spring, 2018.


The Collages of Helen Adam, forthcoming from Cuneiform Press and Further Other Book Work.


FREE L*D (2017)

Edition of 30. 11 x 14"

Drew Matott & Kyle Schlesinger

Free L*D is a collaboration between Peace Paper Projects and Cuneiform Press. The artists shredded and pulped American military uniforms to make thirty unique sheets of handmade paper. The wood type, from the renown Rob Roy Kelly Collection, was set by hand and printed in silver. Available from Marfa Works on Paper. 11/30/2017

Home - Cuneiform

Cuneiform Press is seeking a new photographer to shoot books for its website: Austin-based photographers preferred, flexible deadlines, cool organization. Thanks! mission For over a decade, Cuneiform Press has specialized in publishing poetry, artists’ books, and books-about-books in the tradition of the independent press. Cuneiform is committed to publishing enduring (and occasionally ephemeral) works that negotiate critical and creative thinking, merging ... 05/29/2017

LARRY FAGIN (July 21, 1937 – May 27, 2017) - Cuneiform

Thinking of Larry Fagin, today, on Cuneiform: Yesterday, we received the sad news that poet, teacher, editor, and friend Larry Fagin died peacefully in New York City. Larry always stressed the importance of looking up, and this snapshot by John Sarsgard beautifully distills that small gesture of optimism he embodied so naturally, and gently. La...


Complete Fragments

Yesterday, we received the sad news that poet, teacher, and friend Larry Fagin died peacefully. Copies of what turned out to be his last book, Complete Fragments (Cuneiform Press, 2012), are available from Small Press Distribution:

A few copies of lettered hardcover edition signed by Larry and cover art artist Glen Baxter are available direct from the press: Complete Fragments Poetry. "While it is to be hoped that someone is busying themselves gathering the best of Larry Fagin's earlier uncollected poems—the 'Narrative Techniques' series (and related pieces), the 'Eleven Poems' for Philip Guston—we have Cuneiform Press to thank... 05/29/2017

Blurred Library: Essays on Artists’ Books

An excellent review of Tate Shaw's Blurred Library by Megan N. Liberty was published in The Brooklyn Rail today:

Order a copy here: How do we enter a book? How do we move around in it and travel between its pages, chapters, and various corners and openings? These are some of the questions Tate Shaw asks in his collection, Blurred Library: Essays on Artists’ Books.


Rainbow rolling a People's Curriculum with Drew Matott and Emily Socolov.


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Timeline Photos 04/22/2017

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Finally got around to creating a FaceBook page for Cuneiform Press, a literary arts organization based in Austin. Feel free to like, follow, and learn more at Thanks y'all!

Books and Ephemera 04/22/2017

Books and Ephemera


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